More Than 7,000 Final Fantasy 14 Accounts Banned After Real-Money Trading Impediment

Final Fan­ta­sy XIV recent­ly intro­duced a num­ber of changes to how play­ers could make use of in-game adver­tise­ments and the game’s Par­ty Find­er tool. These efforts are to stop accounts from par­tic­i­pat­ing in real-mon­ey trad­ing (RMT). Square Enix lat­er announced that more than 7,000 accounts have been banned.

From Octo­ber 28th to Novem­ber 3rd, 5,734 accounts were banned for par­tic­i­pat­ing in RMT or oth­er pro­hib­it­ed activ­i­ties. 1,332 accounts addi­tion­al­ly banned for RMT adver­tis­ing. RMT more often than not comes from com­pro­mised accounts or bots adver­tis­ing ser­vices for real mon­ey from a third-par­ty web­site from inside the game.

We will con­tin­ue to take strin­gent dis­ci­pli­nary action against any accounts with con­firmed involve­ment in RMT/illicit activ­i­ty; play­ers should take care to steer clear of any activ­i­ty that vio­lates the Terms of Ser­vice,” Square Enix stat­ed in a blog post on the offi­cial Final Fan­ta­sy XIV website.

Changes to Final Fan­ta­sy XIV’s Par­ty Find­er tool includ­ed a ban on sell­ing in-game ser­vices like Duty clears, along with pro­hibit­ing Par­ty Find­ing list­ings under the wrong categories.

RMT has been an issue for some time across a num­ber of MMOs, like Bliz­zard’s World of War­craft and even Ama­zon’s recent­ly released New World. How­ev­er, World of War­craft’s lat­est patch now requires play­ers to have a Bliz­zard authen­ti­ca­tor linked to an account in order to post cus­tom text in the game’s Group Find­er tool. New World also took arms against third-par­ty sell­ers by imple­ment­ing new restric­tions for new­ly cre­at­ed accounts and low­er lev­el char­ac­ters, which are often used by RMT sell­ers. These restric­tions help pre­vent them from trad­ing with oth­er play­ers or trans­fer­ring wealth.

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